Turn a Blog into a Book

June 27, 2018

Are you a writer?  With a blog?  Interested in creating a book or eBook with content?  I did some research and testing, and found a site that converts blogs into Word or PDF format.  PDF and Word files are easily converted into ePub or MOBI format for SmashWords, Amazon or Google.  The formatting isn’t perfect and images are low resolution in free mode, but from the pages of this WordPress blog, I created a full PDF document with a few clicks.  Below is a screen shot with part of the table of contents:

Blog to Book

My PDF document is 74 pages long after conversion.  PDFs are easily converted to ePub or MOBI format for eBook or eReader use.  Kindle eReaders prefer MOBI, something to consider when preparing an eBook for sale at Amazon.  SmashWords prefers ePub but accepts versions of Word, RTF, PDF and more.  PDF is generally safe for all self-publishing efforts.

This post doesn’t cover details for eBook formatting, but less complex text documents are better for publishing.  Word has many hidden formatting features that may cause issues when publishing eBooks.

Blog to Book with BlogBooker

Some plugins for WordPress claim to convert blogs to eBook formats, but don’t always work as advertised.  I found and tested BlogBooker and the ToC results are above.  The website has a very simple and free process.  The home page is below.  Clicking on the blue “Make your BlogBook” starts the program.

book to blog

Bloggers can choose content from WordPress, Blogger, Medium, Twitter, Tumblr, TypePad and LiveJournal.  Simply select the desired platform, register with an email address, and follow the simple instructions.  Choose from Microsoft Word or PDF for the final format, choose convert, and in minutes, receive a full PDF or Word document that may be converted into an eBook.

BlogBooker Limits

BlogBooker isn’t perfect, but it is a good tool.  Below is a clip from one of the pages I converted.  Note that each of the bullet points converted into numbers.  Each was a hyperlink in the blog post, but not in the PDF.  Be sure to carefully proofread the converted product.  BlogBooker can also be used to see what a completed conversion looks like and writers can adjust accordingly.

book to blogBlogBooker only allows a few conversions for free.   BlogBooker has paid plans that allow higher resolution pictures and unlimited conversions. Prices range from $19.00 (basic) to $79.00 for premier.  Payment in U.S. dollars, British Pounds or € Euros.

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Homepreneurs has instructions for step-by-step publishing on Smashwords and on Kindle/Amazon.  Google instructions will be a future post.

Creating an eBook-ready document is simple with BookBlogger.  Self-publishing is easy on the major publishing websites.  All instructions are written on Homepreneurs.  Everything is free.

And the best part?  When the eBook sells, you get paid.  Month after month after month.  Do very little work and earn passive income via royalties for years.

Please leave any questions or feedback in the comments.  I’m happy to answer questions.

Dion

 

Dion Shaw is founder and owner of Homepreneurs.  All articles written are copyright to Dion Shaw and Homepreneurs.  No reproduction is permitted without express written consent and violators will be prosecuted.  Neither Dion Shaw nor Homepreneurs is paid or otherwise compensated for suggestions in these posts.  No responsibility is assumed by either Homepreneurs or Dion Shaw.

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Website or Blog: Which is Better?

February 1, 2012

You’ve made the decision to start a blog or website to increase your home business exposure or sell products online.  Both represent a presence on the World Wide Web, both have considerable value, yet differences exist.

A blog is more dynamic and easily changed with a few lines of text, pictures or video.  Websites can be added to, of course, but the structure is more static and often more difficult to modify.  A blog can – and often is – used in tandem with a website.  Many blogs provide commentary on a particular subject; others function as personal online diaries; yet still others function more as online brand advertising for a product or company.

Blogs are often the work of a single person, not a team of designers, programmers, and writers, as some websites need.

Cost is a factor too – blog hosts are often free.  WordPress.com is an example.  Websites usually have charges associated with development, hosting, content, and updates.

Different Types of Blogs

– Art or art blog

– Photographs or Photoblog

– Videos or video blogging

– Music – MP3 or iTunes blog

– Audio or podcasting

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Free Internet Resources for Home and Small Business

January 12, 2012

In a word, the Internet is INCREDIBLE.  Never in history has information been so readily available, easily accessed, broad in scope, and much of it, free.  For home business and small business owners, try these free software applications: Open Office suite, templates for a variety of business programs and processes, creative tools such as Gimp (an open source version of Photoshop), Picasa (Google’s photo editing software), and even computer operating systems, notably Linux.  Granted, the learning curve of some is a little steep, but the price – FREE – and compatibility with existing hardware and software easily outweighs the downsides.

Aside from the free and valuable information available, other free tools include email and Instant Messenger services – AOL, Yahoo, Google, Skype, et al. – chatrooms, discussion boards, and various business oriented groups scattered across the cyber universe.  Want to get opinions about a new product or service?  Try to conduct a free poll on www.SurveyMonkey.com.  Questions about writing a business plan?  Try the small business administration at www.sba.gov.  Need a helping hand with marketing or stuck in a rut?  The volunteers (retired business owners) at www.score.org are often willing to help.

Have something to say about a topic or want to display a new product?  Use a blog:  WordPress.com – the blog host you are reading now – is free too, and can provide instant updates to your product offerings.  Blogger, tumblr, Xanga, and Twitter, are other popular blog hosts and all are free!   Want to display your pictures and see what is popular?  Try flickr or tumblr.  Videos?  How about YouTube?  Free and free again.

Want to market your product?  Try these distribution channels: Etsy, eBay, Facebook, and various blogs and websites.  Minor charges apply for these services, but very small compared to owing a brick and mortar store.  Want to market through a website?  Take a look at Consumer Reports highest rated web hosts for a good comparison of services.

The Internet has opened the global marketplace to all producers and providers.  Do business from anywhere, at any time, to people and other organizations across the planet.  Embrace the technology, educate yourself by learning the terms and trends, and discover the hidden wonders that can make a huge difference in your business.

By Dion D Shaw

Dion D Shaw is the founder and owner of Hompreneurs

Homepreneurs.  New Day.  New Opportunities.

Disclaimer

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8 Great Pep Talks for Generation Jobless

December 22, 2011

Let’s be frank: life sucks a little bit for today’s recent graduates. So many of them, despite having expensive college degrees, haven’t been able to find the jobs they set out to get hired for. Often, they end up working in low-paying, low-skill jobs with dubious futures, or worse, can’t find any jobs at all. This, of course, results in record numbers of college graduates who are now living with their parents, putting pressure on families that are likely to be struggling with both the current economic situation and impending retirement. And as both graduates and parents struggle to stay afloat, student loan bills often begin to roll in. Things just aren’t great, and while plenty of people are quick to point out the problems of Generation Jobless, there are a few bright spots in all of the chatter. So if you’re over the whole Generation Jobless pity party, take a moment to check out these inspiring pep talks, offering inspiration, ideas, and hope to those who may have run out.

So what to do?  Onlinecollegecourses.com has some good ideas; one is to start a blog.  Why?  To keep sane, maintain a routine, fill your resume, network, and maybe even make some cash.  Better than sleeping 16 hours every day.  Homepreneurs posted about making money from blogs in the past, and provided tips for successful blog writing.

Generation Jobless: How and Why You Should Start a Blog if You’re Unemployed

When you’re unemployed, it’s easy to get bored and cut off from the world. After all, instead of heading out the door to spend time in an office each morning, you’re more likely to plop down on your couch or log on to Facebook than get dressed and pound the pavement day after day. But the blog behyped recommends ditching your daily unemployed ritual for a new one that involves a blog. Blogs, behyped says, are a great way to open up new worlds to anyone who has been “temporarily cut off from society” whether it’s from joblessness or disability. Sharing your interests and talents through a blog means that you’re developing social proof, reputation, and a networking tool that might actually help you land a job. Beyond that is the possibility that your blog can become a money-making business. At the very least, a blog gives recent grads without a job a purpose, which without any other benefits is certainly enough, giving you the opportunity to say you’re at least doing something.

Blogging isn’t the only suggestion for unemployed college students or graduates.  Take a look at onlinecollegecourses for several more suggestions to help you during these though economic times.  Some of these include: creating your own opportunity, finding that first big job, and financial tips.  This website has very valuable information.  Check it out.

Article Source:

http://www.onlinecollegecourses.com/2011/12/20/8-great-pep-talks-for-generation-jobless/


Blogs give strong boost to any website redesign

May 9, 2011

May 9, 2011 –

Communication with customers, vendors, and suppliers are key to running a successful business.  Much current communication takes place via the Internet: email, Internet and intranet, social media, and various web-based applications.  Homepreneurs has posted several times about blogging, social media, and the importance of a company presence on the Internet. In this post, Mark Evans writes about blogs and the value of integrating them with websites.

Mr. Evans’ suggestions are valid for all size companies, from the home-based business to Fortune 500 concerns.  Effective use of social media and the Internet can help make a small company seem large and reduce a large company to obscurity in the cyber-world.

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Blogs give strong boost to any website redesign

Mark Evans

A lot of companies are looking to refresh and enhance their online presence as the Web becomes a more important tool for communication, marketing and sales.

There are a variety of ways to do a better job of attracting potential customers. This includes redesigning your Web site with a new look and feel – something many companies are starting to do after letting their existing designs collect dust over the past few years, when the economy was rolling along and there was no urgency to change.

Some of my clients are also overhauling their messaging to do a better job of telling people who they are and why potential clients should care about the company’s products and services. It involves creating compelling mission statements and value propositions, which is easier said than done.

Another option is search engine optimization, or SEO, in which a company attempts to make its website more search-engine friendly. There are lots of ways to do it. Some of them are legitimate (“white hat”) while some are underhanded (“black hat”) because they try to take advantage of holes in Google’s search armour.

There are also organic opportunities when it comes to SEO. Along with making sure your website is using the right keywords, an attractive vehicle is a corporate blog.

While writing a blog on a consistent basis can be a lot of work, there are plenty of benefits that make it worthwhile. They include:

1. Blogs can be a terrific way for a company, particularly a small business, to display its insight and knowledge about its industry. By demonstrating domain expertise, companies can show existing and potential customers their thoughts and experience, and provide valuable information. Blogs are also a great way to engage through the use of comments on your site, as well as those of other people and companies.

2. Blogs are Google friendly because the search engine loves fresh content. It makes it easier for a blog, and therefore a company’s website, to be indexed on a regular basis.

3. A key part of Google’s search algorithm is the number of links from other sites. The more links a website attracts from other sites and blogs, the more “authority” Google gives it, and the higher it will rank within search results.

For companies looking to take better advantage of the Web, this is what makes a blog so compelling. If a blog has interesting or compelling content, it can start to attract attention and, just as important, links from other websites. The more blog posts that attract in-bound links, the more “authority” your blog will build.

In many respects, a corporate blog is one of the more effective and organic ways to build a stronger online presence. Along with a better search-engine ranking, blogs can become “content engines” that generate ideas and materials for marketing, business development and sales collateral. When done well, the ROI on a corporate blog can be significant and provide a company with an exciting way to show its stuff online.

Mark Evans is a principal with ME Consulting, a content and social media strategic and tactical consultancy that creates and delivers ‘stories’ for companies looking to capture the attention of customers, bloggers, the media, business partners, employees and investors. Mark has worked with three start-ups – Blanketware, b5Media and PlanetEye – so he understands how they operate and what they need to do to be successful. He was a technology reporter for more than a decade with The Globe and Mail, Bloomberg News and the Financial Post. Mark is also one of the co-organizers of the mesh, meshUniversity and meshmarketing conferences.

Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/your-business/start/mark-evans/blogs-give-strong-boost-to-any-website-redesign/article1674223/


Website or Blog: Which is Better?

October 1, 2010

You’ve made the decision to start a blog or website to increase your business exposure or sell products online.  Both represent a presence on the Internet or World Wide Web, both have considerable value, yet significant differences can exist.

Many blog hosting options – Blogger, WordPress, and Blogspot, et al. – are available to you; further, many are free or inexpensive.  As a blogging novice, one should consider several issues: Cost, exposure, features, support, ease-of-use, and flexibility are a few.  Also of concern is whether to initiate a website immediately or ‘test the waters’ and by blogging, gauge interest in your product or service.  The three blog hosts mentioned above are excellent choices: free, easy to use, and offer support services.

To clarify, a blog is similar to online diary that is updated every time a post or entry is submitted. Depending on business or personal needs and goals, a blog may not be appropriate; consider a traditional website instead.  A website generally consists of a ‘home’ page, an ‘about us’ page, a ‘contact us’ page and other content pages. This kind of Internet presence is more complex but more versatile as well. For instance, more payment options can be incorporated in a website as opposed to most blogs.  So-called ‘Shopping Cart’ features provided by third party providers can accept payment options from PayPal to Visa and gift certificates.  Since a contract is involved, certain legal rights are both inherent and implied; free hosts generally give no promises or guarantees.

Also to consider are the terms of service (TOS) used by some blogs.  Wordpess, for example, states the following in their TOS: “Affiliate marketing blogs: Blogs with the primary purpose of driving traffic to affiliate programs and get-rich-quick schemes (“Make six figures from home!!”, “20 easy steps to top profits!!”, etc). This includes multi-level marketing (MLM) blogs and pyramid schemes. To be clear, people writing their own original book, movie or game reviews and linking them to Amazon, or people linking to their own products on Etsy do NOT fall into this category.”

(see: http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/affiliate-link?replies=73 for details)

WordPress therefore, is not suitable for the business that wishes to make money from certain affiliate marketing or MLM links.  If that is your business plan, a hosted website (paid) is a better option.

Further, if a decision is made to use a free blog exclusively, one should be aware of the limitations of free hosted services, in particular if the blog is an income generator.  Be warned that regardless of how wonderful and popular your blog is, it exists on the Internet at the host’s discretion.  If the host opts to shut down its services or your blog, it may do so without warning and recompense.  Simply, any income generated from your blog (and any content included) is potentially at risk of non-existence at any time.

Other issues to consider with free blog hosting are bandwidth (pages slow to load), content size limitations, and support concens. Consider the free blog host with millions of visitors slowing your page load; people will become impatient and navigate to other sites.  This scenario is not atypical; countless numbers of websites and blogs exist on the Internet in addition to yours and may bog down even the best maintained sites.

A common solution may involve starting with a free blog host and once solid visitor numbers are acheived, migrating to a web host. Of course, there may be disadvantages to this strategy as well: Site ranking may be negatively impacted and will take time to recover.  There is also a risk of losing some ‘regular visitors’ and in turn, a drop in earnings from the site.

Finally, consider instead investing in a paid host immediately and avoid the potential future headaches of losing visitors or an entire blog presence.  Many reputable and solid website hosting companies have very inexpensive initial hosting plans that can be upgraded in the future.  For example, GoDaddy.com offers an economy hosting plan for around $5.00 per month, depending on the terms.

by Dion D. Shaw

Dion Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs.


Free blog hosting services

September 21, 2010

It is increasingly easy to post a blog online for free.  Several sites provide this service and bloggers can often earn money via advertising and referrals just by posting an opinion, ideas or information.  We will examine and discuss the earning potential topic in an upcoming post.

Here are a few common and popular web links to FREE blog sites:

http://www.wordpress.com

http://www.blogger.com

http://www.blog.com

http://www.mashable.com

http://www.blogspot.com
Some of these sites have restrictions on content – no porn or defamation – but open to any other blogs; others will use their own advertising to pay for overhead related to providing free storage space on the Internet.

These services are a wonderful way to get noticed on the Internet and provide publicity to a product, service or information.  If one has expertise in a certain area, blogging is a way of passing along that knowledge.  If one wishes to drive traffic and viewership, post often and with relevant content.

Words of caution though: Any written content placed on the Internet can be searched by employers or authorities and potentially used against you.  Anonymity is at risk; use caution and prudence when blogging.  Also, blogs are not the always the best way to sell a product, if intended.  A more secure and controlled way is via a web site and virtual storefront.


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